Imagine a perfect world, where fast food is good food. Where food is everywhere. The best of Indian, Malay and Chinese specialties. It’s cheap, easy to find and more often than not, the result of one chef one dish specialists. Who’ve been doing what they’ve been doing, for generations. This is a benevolently autocratic city state, where there is no crime, no drugs, little unemployment and homelessness is almost unheard of. A place where everybody loves to eat and where nearly everybody is an expert on eating. IMAGINE SINGAPORE.
Your fist time, it’s sweltering, it’s steamy, the temperature and humidity punch you in the chest. Your second time, you start to see and understand, that this, if you love food, might be the best place on earth.
The swampy Blackwood region of Cyrodiil borders Elsweyr and Black Marsh, with the latter being full of tasty things to eat- if you know how to find them. Blackwood is a melting pot of culinary delights, and the folk of Leyawiin have adopted this Argonian dish as a local favourite. As is customary in Black Marsh, fish is the king of all dishes and this local favourite of fish paste steamed in fragrant banana leaves over a fire is an absolute treat for the senses!
Note: The ingredients for this may be difficult to find depending where you are in the world. I grew up in Southeast Asia and this dish, called otak otak, is very popular through Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Even if you can’t make it yourself due to availability of ingredients, I thought this would be nice to share to showcase my heritage!
You will need:
1 whole banana leaf, washed clean
500g fish of choice (I recommend snapper), sliced
4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced into thin strips
4 cloves garlic, minced
4 large fresh red chilis, sliced
2 large stalks of lemongrass, diced
8 shallots, diced
1 stalk ginger, peeled and sliced
2 tbsp shrimp paste
1 cup coconut milk
2 ½ tsp flour
1 ½ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
Place all the ingredients except the banana leaf into a blender and whiz well until a smooth paste has formed.
Place the paste in the centre of the banana leaf, then fold over the empty sides on top, and secure the loose ends with a toothpick.
Bring water to a boil in a pot and place the banana leaf package into a steamer. Steam for 10 minutes at full heat, then unwrap and serve hot with rice.
autographs were super duper chill because there weren’t that many people around, so everyone got to just hang around and chat for a bit and honestly, if there was a point when i might have vomited it was waiting while the dude in front of me was having a 5 minute long conversation about singaporean food.
so i’m like, hi how’s it going, and went to shake her hand and she was like hi thanks for– AND THEN SCREAMED AT ME because i was wearing an avacorp t-shirt. so jes macallan literally shouted in my face. it was great. then i had to tell her where to get it because she wanted one.
“have you met caity?” “no!” “i have.” there is no way to describe the face she made at me, but i get the feeling i am missing out in life by having not met caity lotz.
she said she was going to be at clexacon next year, so hit that up!
then she touched my hand and i died.
THEN THERE WAS A WHOLE PANEL
i was honestly like a little bit dazzled at being able to stare, so idk what happened at the start.
she likes vegemite, but the way she said she eats it - with like avocado and i think she said tomato???? idk, i was gagging.
she told the chemistry read story again, and added that they did the scene a bunch of times and she ad libbed some sass at sara at the end ever time. after the first time, caity asked if she was going to say the same thing every time and jes was like, no, and on their last read through she said something that involved the word fuck, and caity as sara was infuriated, and that’s how jes sassed her way into a job.
not all the ava clones are lesbians. this was the last question, and she literally sat there and puzzled out the process of making a clone, or, as jes described it, 3D printed a human with flesh and and brain, and decided that just printing a brain from a template didn’t mean they would all have the same feelings.
ava’s go to music: flamenco 😂
space jargon gives her hives.
does a mint arthur darvill impersonation.
the waverider key remote thing was a computer mouse and arthur darvill was like no, so they went and bedazzled it. she thinks that guy might have been fired.
she had a lot to say about stunts and how much she loves doing them, but after she got smacked in the face with a stick filming the clone ep she stopped wanting to do them so much.
THEY DIDN’T TELL HER AVA WAS A CLONE UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE THEY FILMED IT. “but i haven’t been playing her as a clone!” and then she did what she would have done to play her as a clone with a clone voice, and how she got told a clone didn’t have to have a voice.
and then caity was apparently like, “wait, is she a robot? did i sleep with a robot? wouldn’t i have noticed!?” and the producers had to like, talk them down from their confusion because she and caity were like THE SCIENCE.
they have zero input into plot (duh) but she and caity spent a lot of time working out how to play this relationship in a way that did it justice. i wish i’d got this answer on camera because it was one of those “oh, you’re not faking caring about this” moments.
even though it had been planned from the start, if people hadn’t have liked avalance as vocally as we did, it wouldn’t have happened.
the hardest scene to film was when sara was maybe dead from mallus and ava had to talk her back :(
i’m going to post a video of her reenacting filming a sex scene because i cannot describe this in a way that does it justice.
Nasi Goreng (“fried rice” in Indonesian & Malay) is a dish of rice fried in oil, spiced with soy sauce, shallots, garlic, ground shrimp paste, tamarind, and red chilli, accompanied by egg, chicken, prawns or salted dried fish. It’s popular in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Netherlands, and distinguishes itself from other fried rice dishes by its aromatic, earthy, smoky flavor, caramelized soy sauce and shrimp paste making it stronger and spicier than Chinese fried rice. It’s been called the national dish of Indonesia, and had the same beginnings as other fried rice dishes as a way to use leftovers. It’s traditionally served at home for breakfast, made from rice from the night before with fresh veg and egg added.
Laksa love! I will continue my search for authentic Malaysian + Singaporean flavors in So Cal but I guess this Chicken Laksa from Banana Leaf in Farmers Market on Third and Fairfax will do in a pinch. Hearty enough to withstand the cool nights while dining alfresco. The curry and coconut broth is a lot lighter then it looks.